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#RepostSave @staroftheseabooks with @repostsaveapp ・・・ S. BRENDAN THE VOYAGER. One of the illustrations done by Martin Travers for James Wilke's re-telling of the legend of Saint Brendan. Published by The Society of SS Peter and Paul in 1916. #lent #anglocatholic #martintravers #finebooks #catholicart #bookarts #immram #brendanandthemermaiden #booksareart
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"ST. THOMAS AQUINAS WAS ONE OF THE GREAT LIBERATORS OF THE HUMAN INTELLECT" G.K. Chesterton. St. Thomas Aquinas, 1933. First American edition of Chesterton's acclaimed popular biography of Aquinas. Published by Sheed & Ward in the Fall of 1933, here complete with the typographical "Dumb Ox" dust jacket.
#collectingcatholicbooks #thomism #livesofthesaints #saintthomasaquinas
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DAVID JONES. "THE POET SPEAKS" (1967). Original phonograph record of the Welsh painter and poet reading selections from his two most important books: In Parenthesis (1937) and The Anathemata (1952). Housed in the original cardboard sleeve with titles lettered by Jones. Complete with inner sleeve and inserted liner notes. A wonderful artifact of Catholic Culture.
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"LOYOLA HAD TAUGHT THEM: THE INDIVIDUAL IS NOTHING, THE MOVEMENT ALL. THE CHRISTIAN DEPARTS WITHOUT CONSOLATION"
Ludwig Marcuse. Soldier of the Church: The Story of Ignatius Loyola, 1939. First American edition of this life of the Founder of the Society of Jesus, written by an exile from Hitler's Germany and published on the eve of the Second World War. This copy still has the original dust jacket in glittering gold foil and the black-and-gold foil spine label. #saintignatiusloyola #bookstagram #ignatian #societyofjesus #jesuitbooks #livesofthesaints #keeperofbooks #booksofourfathers #romancatholic #catholicreformation #jesuit #finebooks #gaudetmaterecclesia #greatgiftbook #soldierofthechurch #loyola #firstedition #atthesignofthestar


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Demetria Taylor. The Cook's Blessings, 1965. "A unique cookbook based on the social and religious traditions of the Catholic World and including recipes and menus for holidays, holy days, and special occasions." The author advises her readers: "Pin up a saints' calendar in your kitchen, and get into the habit of marking their name days with a special treat...you'll discover it's a lovely thing to have saints in your kitchen." A beautiful book. #polentaforjohnxxiii #collectingcatholicbooks #lifeofservice #saintsinthekitchen #moveablefeasts
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#oraetlabora #liturgicalcalendar #devotion
#exploreyourfaith #keeperofbooks #vocation #catholicfamily #fishonfriday #bookstagram #atthesignofthestar #catholicculture


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SOREN KIERKEGAARD. Theodor Haecker. Kierkegaard the Cripple, 1948. One of 10 portraits of Kierkegaard in this first English translation of Haecker's wartime study of the relationship between physical affliction and the life of the mind. Haecker converted to Catholicism in 1921 in the midst of a lifetime devoted to studying Kierkegaard. #collectingcatholicbooks #existentialism #theodorhaecker #sorenkierkegaard #philosophy #librorumhelluo #keeperofbooks #finebooks #firstedition #bookstagram #catholicspirituality #booksofourfathers #staroftheseabooks #atthesignofthestar #catholicintellectualtradition


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Evelyn Waugh. The Holy Places, 1953. Final colored wood-engraving by Reynolds Stone, quoting the Reproaches:
"POPULE MEUS QUID FECI TIBI?
AUT IN QUO CONTRISTAVI TE? RESPONDE MIHI. #answerme #catholic #colophon #pilgrimage #improperia #illustratedfaith #exploreyourfaith #catholicart #finebooks #catholicbooks #keeperofbooks #bookstagram #booksareart
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Patrick Leigh Fermor. A Time to Keep Silence, 1953. The Queen Anne Press edition of Fermor's travel classic features John Craxton's illustration of The Abbey of St. Wandrille de Fontanelle. "THE ABBEY WAS AT FIRST A GRAVEYARD; THE OUTER WORLD SEEMED AFTERWARDS, BY CONTRAST, AN INFERNO OF NOISE AND VULGARITY ENTIRELY POPULATED BY BOUNDERS AND SLUTS AND CROOKS" #benedictine #contemplation #catholicbooks #booksofourfathers #finebooks #booksareart #bookarts #firstedition #monks #bookbeautiful #librorumhelluo #catholic #ecclesiastes #cistercian #travelbook #catholicculture #patrickleighfermor #queenannepress #catholiceurope #monastic #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #ruleofstbenedict


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DOROTHY DAY. The Dorothy Day Book, 1982. "The books will always be there. The millions of words written can nourish us, enlighten us, strengthen us--in fact, be our food, just as Christ, the Word, is also our food." (Dorothy Day). #wordmadeflesh #booksofourfathers #womenofthechurch #dorothyday #adebethune #booksareart #bookstagram #gaudetmaterecclesia #thecatholictradition #catholicworker #catholicamerica #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #illustratedfaith #greatgiftbook #catholic #thechurchinyourhands
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DOROTHY DAY. The Dorothy Day Book, 1982. Dorothy Day was devoted to the simple pleasures of life: coffee, the opera on the radio, newspapers, and most of all, books: "Lord did she read! Along with Pascal, Berdaev, Tolstoy and Chesterton, she read the lives of the saints, literary gossip, Berlitz language courses, Murray Kempton, Dickens, Henry Miller, D.H. Lawrence, garden columns and, apparently, any travel book she could get her hands on." #dorothyday #catholic #bookstagram #booksofourfathers #catholicbooks #catholicspirituality #catholiclit #catholicamerica #adebethune #librorumhelluo #atthesignofthestar #greatgiftbook #giftbooks
#womenofthechurch #staroftheseabooks


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Evelyn Waugh. The Holy Places, 1953. "THE PILGRIM'S INSTINCT IS DEEP-SET IN THE HUMAN HEART" Waugh's two essays ("St. Helena Empress" and "The Defence of the Holy Places") are decorated with colored wood engravings by Reynolds Stone. #pilgrimage #librorumhelluo #churchoftheholysepulchre #catholic #collectingcatholicbooks #crusaders #bookstagram #jerusalem #thetruecross #finebooks #booksareart #bookbeautiful #thechurchinyourhands #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #booksofourfathers #latinkingdoms #illustratedfaith #celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture


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STAR OF THE SEA FINE BOOKS
We are preparing a Father's Day selection of Gift Books for subscribers. Gift-wrapping and expedited delivery available. DM an email address if you'd like to have a look. #booksofourfathers #booksareart #incarnationalculture #heritageoffaith
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ULTRAMONTANISM
Count Joseph de Maistre. The Pope, 1850.
Rare first edition in English of this Ultramontane landmark, a ringing assertion of papal prerogatives in the face of the political changes sweeping Europe. An engraved portrait of Pope Pius IX opens the book. #pionono #collectingcatholicbooks #catholicengland #catholiceurope #catholic #firstvaticancouncil #infallibility #romancatholic #tradition #thechurchinyourhands #bookstagram #booksareart #finebooks #rarebooks #prisonerofthevatican #ultramontane #genieduchristianisme #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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"HIS HOLINESS PIUS X" Today we remember Pope Saint Pius X, canonized this day in 1954 by Pope Pius XII. This caricature of Giuseppe Sarto, by the Italian artist Liborio "Lib" Prosperi, appeared in London's Vanity Fair magazine on December 10, 1903. Print measures 14 x 9 inches, frame measures 24 1/2 × 19 inches. #householdsaints #homealtar #veneration #domesticshrines #familyheirloom #patronsaint #collectingthesaints #papal #collectingthepopes #giuseppesarto #hisholinesspiusx #orapronobis #sspx #romancatholic #tradition #devotional
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THE OLD TESTAMENT. Helen Sewell. A First Bible, 1934. "The Old Testament stories accentuate Faith and Hope while Christ, who is the climax of the Bible, brings Love." Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua & David. #helensewell #catholicart #illustratedfaith #KJV #keeperofbooks #greatgiftbook #catholic #anglocatholic #romancatholic #anglican
#familyheirloom #familyreading #readaloud #collectingcatholicbooks #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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THE OLD TESTAMENT. Helen Sewell. A First Bible, 1934. Sewell's first illustration stretches across both of the front endpapers: Solomon, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel & Amos. A splendid tableau. #hebrewbible #oldtestament #giftbooks #greatgiftbook #anglocatholic #romancatholic #anglican #kingjamesbible #catholicculture #KJV #bookstagram #booksareart #finebooks #firstedition #illustratedfaith #catholic #holyscriptures #readaloud #familyreading #familyheirloom #exploreyourfaith #atthesignofthestar


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"STORMS ALL AROUND ME, AND SUDDENLY THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR GRACE POPS OUT!" Therese of Lisieux. Autobiography of a Saint, 1958. First English translation of the definitive edition of "The Story of a Soul," authorized by the Carmel of Lisieux and translated by Msgr. Ronald Knox. #storyofasoul #carmelite #thelittleflower #showerofroses #cultus #doctorofthechurch #catholicculture #daughterofthechurch #bookstagram #collectingcatholicbooks #patronsaint #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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PSALTER. Les Pseaumes de David, 1667. Tiny woodcut, from the title-page of the influential Marot-Beza Psalter, depicting printers working in the Atelier de Charenton. The so-called Temple of Charenton housed booksellers, printers, and binders supplying France's Huguenot communities with liturgical and scriptural books. The Temple was destroyed after the revocation of The Edict of Nantes. #jansenism #huguenot #psalter #calvinism #marotbezapsalter #catholic #protestantreformation #bookstagram #catholiccounterreformation #booksareart #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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ANGLO-CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY
(T.S. Eliot). The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes, 1961. "Andrewes has built a chapel constructed of stones brought together from many places." (Masterpieces of Christian Literature). The Brightman edition of this enduring devotional, together with Eliot's 1926 essay on Andrewes. Front panel of the pleasing mid-century jacket designed by Ernest Reichl. #collectingcatholicbooks #theenglishchurch #finebooks #booksareart #bookstagram #anglocatholic #anglican #romancatholic #fathersofthechurch #holyscriptures #spirituality #privateprayer #catholicculture #prayer #devotional #booksofourfathers #catholic #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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"THE MESSAGE OF THE SACRED HEART TO THE WORLD" Sister Josefa Menendez. The Way of Divine Love, 1953. Splendid dust jacket for this enlarged English translation, including the original blessing by Eugenio Pacelli, Cardinal Protector of the Society of the Sacred Heart (then reigning as Pope Pius XII). #divinelove
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SISTER JOSEFA MENENDEZ
The Way of Divine Love, 1953. Frontispiece portrait from the post-war "amplification" of her book, which was first published in Toulouse in 1938. #catholic
#daughterofthechurch #catholicculture
#exploreyourfaith #devotional #mystic
#keeperofbooks #librorumhelluo
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#messageoflove #heartofjesus
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Caryll Houselander. This War is the Passion, 1941. "THE WORLD, THE ORDINARY WORLD OF EVERYDAY, HAS ALWAYS BEEN, AND IS NOW, THE BEST SCHOOL OF SUFFERING" Published during the Battle of Britain, these meditations equate the violence and suffering of the Second World War with the violence Christ suffered for humanity. With a Foreword by the American Jesuit Leonard Feeney. #mystic #christianmystic #catholicism #catholicspirituality #bookstagram
#daughterofthechurch #caryllhouselander
#cardinalspellmanimprimatur #catholic
#collectingcatholicbooks #secondworldwar
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Henri de Lubac. Aspects of Buddhism, 1954. "WHEREAS CHRIST CAME TO LIGHT THE FIRE OF LOVE UPON EARTH, BUDDHA SIMPLY AIMS TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE OF HATRED, DESIRE AND IGNORANCE (MAHAVAGGA)" Pere de Lubac had a lifelong interest in Buddhism, and he turned to this passion when his ability to teach and write were restricted in the early 1950s. #sonofthechurch #collectingthetheologians #bookstagram #incarnationalculture #catholicculture #gaudetmaterecclesia #greatgiftbook #keeperofbooks #jesuitbooks #catholic #societyofjesus #eastmeetswest #delubac #atthesignofthestar #jesuit
#staroftheseabooks


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THOMAS MERTON
"I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone." Artist: Julie Lonneman. #mertonprayer #thomasmerton #catholic #pentecost #abbeyofgethsemani #contemplation #incarnationalculture #catholicculture #catholicamerica #thoughtsinsolitude #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #prayforme


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Thomas Merton. Seeds of Contemplation, 1949. "LET US THROW OFF THE PIECES OF THE WORLD LIKE CLOTHING AND ENTER NAKED INTO WISDOM" Original burlap binding on Merton's meditations, published by James Laughlin's New Directions. Merton mentioned it in his diary on March 6, 1949: "Yesterday Seeds of Contemplation arrived and it is handsome. I can hardly keep my hands off it. Laughlin says the burlap effect on the binding is a material they are using right now in night clubs for wall covering." (The Sign of Jonas). #contemplation #catholic #collectingcatholicbooks #thomasmerton #booksofourfathers #bookstagram #keeperofbooks #catholiclit
#incarnationalculture #catholicculture
#catholicamerica #librorumhelluo
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THE MARTYRDOM OF THOMAS BECKET. T.S. Eliot. Murder in the Cathedral, 1952. Do you know anyone with a devotion to Saint Thomas Becket? They'll be interested in this stunning Original Movie Poster from the cinematic adaptation of Eliot's play, featuring an enormous original colored linocut (21 1/2 × 18 1/2 inches) in the style of a stained-glass window by Peter Strausfeld. #catholicengland #archbishopofcanterbury #catholicculture
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THE MARTYRDOM OF THOMAS BECKET. T.S. Eliot. Murder in the Cathedral, 1952. Do you know anyone with a devotion to Saint Thomas Becket? They'll be interested in this stunning Original Movie Poster from the cinematic adaptation of Eliot's play, featuring an enormous original colored linocut (21 1/2 × 18 1/2 inches) in the style of a stained-glass window by Peter Strausfeld. #catholicengland #archbishopofcanterbury #catholicculture
#saintandmartyr #tseliot #medieval
#anglocatholic #anglican #romancatholic
#thomasabecket #thechurchinyourhands
#theenglishchurch #illustratedfaith
#catholicart #atthesignofthestar
#staroftheseabooks


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STAR OF THE SEA FINE BOOKS.
Our Spring 2018 catalogue of 25 recent acquisitions was listed to the website and email subscribers yesterday afternoon...
...G.K. Chesterton's St. Thomas Aquinas, E.F Schumacher's Small is Beautiful, The Engravings of Eric Gill, Etienne Gilson's Reason and Revelation in the Middle Ages, The 1923 Anglo-Catholic Congress, and Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find have all now SOLD.
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FEAST OF ST. BRENDAN. This collection of illustrations by Martin Travers, disbound from S. Brendan the Voyager (1916), appeared on our Winter 2018 list. The loose plates are for sale for $35 (black & white), $50 (color), or $150 (frontispiece and title page). DM for descriptions. #brendanthenavigator #sspeterandpaul #anglocatholic #anglican #romancatholic #saint #illustratedfaith #patronsaint #catholicculture #exploreyourfaith #apostleofireland #celticchristianity #atthesignofthestar #thenorthatlantic


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"NINE STORIES ABOUT ORIGINAL SIN. WITH MY COMPLIMENTS"
Flannery O'Connor. A Good Man is Hard to Find, 1955. Flannery dedicated the book to Robert and Sally Fitzgerald. In March 1949, Robert Lowell introduced Flannery to the Fitzgerald's in NYC: "The Fitzgerald's later recalled the day vividly: O'Connor in a peacoat and brown corduroys and speaking in a strong accent ; Lowell's eyes shining-he was 'shooting sparks in every direction.'" (Paul Elie, The Life You Save May Be Your Own). #staroftheseabooks #flanneryoconnor #finebooks #firstedition
#bookstagram #booksareart #catholic #catholicliteraryrevival #catholiclit #atthesignofthestar


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STAR OF THE SEA FINE BOOKS
May is a busy month around here: we are putting the finishing touches on our upcoming Spring 2018 catalogue and GIFT books are coming and going daily. Leave an email address on our home page to see a preview of the new acquisitions. #stellamaris #greatgiftbook #catholic
#yourhumblebookseller #ourlady #BVM #gaudetmaterecclesia #bookstagram
#catholicculture #romancatholic #anglican #anglocatholic #bookarts #bookbeautiful
#booksofourfathers #atthesignofthestar
#bamgiftwrapped #marianblue #beholdthymothersday


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FULTON J. SHEEN. This is the Holy Land: A Pilgrimage in Words and Pictures, 1961.
In cataloguing for next week's Spring 2018 list. A detail from the full-page color frontispiece portrait of Bishop Sheen by Karsh of Ottawa. #agnusdei #romancatholic #librorumhelluo #happybirthdayfultonsheen #pilgrimage #theholyland #orapronobis #keeperofbooks #collectingcatholicbooks #bookstagram #photobook #holysites #thechurchinyourhands #exploreyourfaith #booksofourfathers #sonofthechurch #catholicculture #venerablefultonjsheen #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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TARTAN GIFT BINDING. The New Testament, circa 1870. Pocket-size (4 1/2 inches tall) New Testament, bound in curved sycamore panels decorated with a brilliant red/green/blue/black tartan and heavily varnished to a shine. The original owner's name ("M'DUFF") is gilt-stamped at top right. JUST LISTED ON THE WEBSITE. #newtestament #giftbooks #greatgiftbook #bookstagram #ifitsnotscottishitscrap #booksareart #familyheirloom #bookbeautiful #finebinding #tartan #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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COLOPHON. In cataloguing. "The Gospel of God," the Report of the 1923 Anglo-Catholic Congress closes with the emblem of The Society of SS. Peter & Paul, printed in a brilliant red. #anglocatholic #sspeterandpaul #ritualism #anglican #romancatholic #theenglishchurch
#oxfordmovement #highchurch #catholic
#incarnationalculture #catholicculture
#bookbeautiful #bookstagram
#anglopapal #anglicancatholic
#anglicancommunion #episcopalian
#exploreyourfaith #librorumhelluo
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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OUR LADY. In cataloguing. The Gospel of God, 1923. The olive cloth on the front of this binding doesn't pop in this photo but the vignette of the Blessed Mother (standing vigil over the city of London) sure does. #marymonth #blessedmother #marian #BVM #sspeterandpaul #anglocatholic #anglican #anglopapal #romancatholic #booksfineandrare #catholicengland #thechurchinyourhands #finebooks #theenglishchurch #illustratedfaith #catholicculture #iconography #beltane #collectingcatholicbooks #booksareart #feastofstjoseph #atthesignofthestar #prayforme


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LIVES OF THE SAINTS. We are preparing to list a SPRING 2018 catalogue online in the middle of May. The recent acquisitions include a lovely first edition of a classic book on an old friend. #thereseoflisieux #saint #catholicbooks #livesofthesaints #catholic #catholicculture #finebooks #doctorofthechurch #firstedition #daughterofthechurch #greatgiftbook
#atthesignofthestar #prayforme


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POPE PAUL VI. Giovanni "Battista" Montini. The Christian in the Material World, 1964. Written by the Cardinal Archbishop of Milan shortly before his election in 1963. "ECONOMIC PROSPERITY ABSORBS US...AS THOUGH IT WANTED FIRST TO ATTRACT US, THEN TO ENCHANT US, AND FINALLY TO ENCHAIN US." An "Advance Review" copy sent out by Burns, Oates announcing a publication date of April 24, 1964. #popesaintpaulvi #catholic #bookstagram #collectingthepopes #collectingthesaints #catholiceurope #catholicculture #librorumhelluo #keeperofbooks #consumerculture #sonofthechurch #postwareurope #secondvaticancouncil #orapronobis #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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DREAM OF SAINT BRENDAN. S. Brendan the Voyager and His Mythic Quest, 1916. Black-and-white vignette (by Martin Travers) of the Angel's appearance to Brendan: "ARISE, O BRENAINN, FOR GOD HATH GIVEN THEE WHAT THOU SOUGHTEST"
#brendanthenavigator #kerrymen #monks #immram #isleoftheblessed #saint #catholicculture #incarnationalculture #illustratedfaith #thenorthatlantic #irishsaints #sspeterandpaul #martintravers #catholic #anglocatholic #bookstagram #twelveapostlesofireland
#atthesignofthestar #celticchristianity
#patronsaint #staroftheseabooks


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Bede Griffiths. The Golden String, 1955. Revisiting one of my favorite dust jackets: detail of the first American edition of Griffiths's account of his spriritual journey. He studied with C.S. Lewis at Oxford before his 1931 conversion to Catholicism. He entered the Benedictines Prinknash Abbey the next year. #benedictine #collectingcatholicbooks #convert #OSB #contemplation #monastic #cslewis #romancatholic #ruleofstbenedict #roadtorome #christianmystic #christianliteraryrevival #anglocatholic #eastmeetswest #bookstagram #atthesignofthestar #bedegriffiths #staroftheseabooks


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Dan Gilbert. Crucifying Christ in Our Colleges, 1935. "A GODLESS KIND OF EVOLUTION WHICH DENIES NATURE HAS A GOD AND THAT MAN HAS A SOUL"
Arresting dust jacket illustration for this denunciation of a secular apocalypse in American higher education, focused on a monstrous and predatory academic ("The Pied Piper") corrupting young minds with Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and especially Bertrand Russell ("the high priest of all preachers of the new dispensation"). #finebooks #bookstagram #godshapedhole #isms #thepiedpiper #tradition #modernism #christianhighereducation #homeschool #heritageoffaith #higherreeducation #educationaldystopia #booksofourfathers #exploreyourfaith #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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SAINT FRANCIS. May Southworth. A Certain Young Man of Assisi, 1934. "Arms of St. Francis" (4 5/8 × 7 inches) one of the 10 illustrated plates prepared by Will Wilkie for this biography of Saint Francis. Printed in an edition of only 650 copies by the great John Henry Nash of San Francisco.
#illustratedfaith #incarnationalculture
#collectingsaintfrancis #catholicbooks
#franciscan #mystic #stigmata #medieval
#bookstagram #booksareart #fineprinting
#finebooks #collectingthesaints #catholic
#cityofsaintfrancis #johnhenrynash #christianmystic #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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OUR LADY IN MEXICO. Joseph Cassidy. Mexico, Land of Mary's Wonders, 1958. "MEXICO IS A LAND WITH DEEP AND WIDESPREAD DEVOTION TO MARY"
Detail of the double-page map of Marian sites in Mexico.This copy rare in the original dark red leather binding. A great gift book. #pontificalcrown #ourlady #mexico #marianshrine #veneration #devotional #incarnationalculture #BVM #mariology
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#rarebooks #booksfineandrare #books #booksareart #bookstagram #catholic #greatgiftbook #collectorscopy #saints #photobook #blessedmother #orapronobis #atthesignofthestar #illustratedfaith #undertheprotectionofourlady


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POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII. Journal of a Soul, 1965. Angelo Roncalli was "faithful to his diary all his life...this is the first time in history...that a Pope has left us such a record of his thoughts, reactions, and spiritual values." (John O'Malley, A History of the Popes). The dust jacket depicts a bronze relief (from St. Peter's) of His Holiness in prayer. #collectingthepopes #devotion
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#bookstagram #finebooks #firstedition
#angeloroncalli #popesaintjohnxxiii
#prayer #gaudetmaterecclesia #catholic
#saint #goodpopejohn #booksareart
#booksofourfathers #catholicbooks
#catholicspirituality #orapronobis
#sonofthechurch #librorumhelluo
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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SAINT BERNADETTE OF LOURDES. Franz Werfel. The Song of Bernadette, 1942. Werfel completed his novel in America as a gesture of thanks after a harrowing escape from the Nazi's: "In the last days of June 1940, in flight from our mortal enemy after the collapse of France, we reached the city of Lourdes." Dust jacket design by Valenti Angelo. #lourdes #catholicmovie #saint #collectingcatholicbooks #bookstagram #livesofthesaints #catholiceurope #feastday #finebooks #librorumhelluo #firstedition #saintbernadette #bernadettesoubirous
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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"THE LILY OF THE MOHAWKS" Robert Holland. The Song of Tekakwitha, 1942. LeRoy Appleton's depiction of the baptism of Kateri Tekakwitha in 1676. Published by the Fordham Jesuits to further the promotion of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of (then) Venerable Kateri Tekakwitha. #womenofthechurch #illustratedfaith #nativeamericansaint #collectingthesaints #staroftheseabooks #catholicamerica #bookstagram #atthesignofthestar #fordham #celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#booksofourfathers #booksareart
#finebooks #keeperofbooks #catholicism #librorumhelluo #kateritekakwitha
#jesuitbooks #societyofjesus #jesuits


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SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL. "SEND FORTH THY SPIRIT AND THOU SHALT RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH" Hans Kung. The Council, Reform, and Reunion, 1961. Kung's first book was endorsed by Thomas Merton: "One of the most exciting books I have read in years. It is awake and frank, not wild, but objectively Catholic in the finest sense." A fresh and bright first edition by the often controversial Swiss theologian. #catholic #aggiornamento #vaticantwo #secondvaticancouncil #peritus #ecumenism #gaudetmaterecclesia #ecumenical #ecclesiology #finebooks #separatedbrethren #bookstagram #collectingcatholicbooks #romancatholic #catholicintellectualtradition #councilfathers #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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LITURGY. Adrian Fortescue: A Memoir, 1924. Photographic portrait of Father Adrian Fortescue, the great authority on the Roman Rite. This 2-part tribute appeared a year after Fortescue's death at age 49. #collectingcatholicbooks
#catholicengland #thechurchinyourhands
#icxcnika #collectingtheliturgy #tradition
#bookbeautiful #booksareart #finebooks
#romancatholic #easternchurches #catholic #librorumhelluo #romanrite #keeperofbooks #holysacrificeofthemass #sonofthechurch
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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LITURGY. "INTROIBO AD ALTARE DEI" This is the Mass, 1958. Bishop Fulton Sheen (with his nephew serving) in Prayers at the Foot of the Altar. One of 30 black-and-white photos by Yousef Karsh ("Karsh of Ottawa"). #collectingcatholicbooks #reverence
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#romanrite #highmass #lowmass #themass #latinmass #letsgetliturgical #liturgy
#collectingliturgicalbooks #booksareart #fultonsheen #thisisthemass #catholic #firstedition #thechurchinyourhands #illustratedfaith #keeperofbooks #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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A BOUQUET FOR OUR LADY
"Mother of all our joys
Mother of all our sorrows
Intercede with Him tonight
For all of our tomorrows."
(Lorca's Novena, The Pogues)
Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, NYC
Photo: BAM. #gaudetmaterecclesia
#undertheprotectionofourlady #marian
#dominicanorder #romancatholic #BVM
#ourlady #theblessedvirgin #mariology #catholicculture #catholicamerica #mary
#stellamaris #orapronobis #annunciation
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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CHRISTIAN LITERARY REVIVAL. Kathleen Nott. The Emperor's Clothes: An Attack on the Dogmatic Orthodoxy of T.S Eliot, Graham Greene, Dorothy Sayers, C.S Lewis and Others, 1953. I'm reposting this dust jacket featuring wonderful caricatures by Nicolas Bentley (clockwise: Sayers, Eliot, Lewis, and Greene). Bentley was G.K. Chesterton's godson and he drew the illustrations for Hilaire Belloc's New Cautionary Tales (1930) and Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Cats (1940). #catholicengland #christianliteraryrevival
#romancatholic #anglican #anglocatholic
#bookstagram #booksareart #firstedition
#librorumhelluo #keeperofbooks
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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Gilbert K. Chesterton. Greybeards at Play: Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen, 1900. Pictorial paperboard binding for Chesterton's first book, published in October of 1900. The light verse is accompanied by 24 full-page illustrations by GKC. Chesterton evidently preferred to think of The Wild Knight (published in November, 1900) as his first book.
#gkchesterton #collectingcatholicbooks
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#collectingchesterbelloc #keeperofbooks
#illustratedbooks #booksareart #GKC #finebooks #christianliteraryrevival #chesterton #librorumhelluo #catholic #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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"MOTHER CHURCH REJOICES" Xavier Rynne. Letters from Vatican City: Background and Debates, 1963. The first volume covering the First Session. "Xavier Rynne" was the nom-de-plume of Fr. Francis X. Murphy, a Redemptorist priest from NY. Rynne's reports from the Council remain as engaging (and controversial) as they did when they first appeared in The New Yorker magazine. #vaticantwo #councilfathers
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#gaudetmaterecclesia #popejohnxxiii
#secondvaticancouncil #finebooks
#aggiornamento #towardschristianunity
#genieduchristianisme #catholiceurope
#collectingcatholicbooks #bookstagram
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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SAINT BRENDAN. "THE FIRST FISH OF ALL THAT SWAM THE OCEAN. JASCONIUS IS HIS NAME. AND THERE THEY KEPT THE SERVICE OF THE RESURRECTION ON THE FISHES BACK."
Small (6x8cm) black-and-white vignette of Jasconius ("The Living Island") by Martin Travers. #celticchristianity #monks #celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#immram #isleoftheblessed #isleofsaints
#thegrayatlantic #thenorthatlantic #saint
#saintbrendan #collectingcatholicbooks
#anglocatholic #brendanthenavigator
#booksareart #illustratedfaith #catholic
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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IC XC NIKA. Adrian Fortescue: A Memoir, 1924. "JESUS CHRIST CONQUERS." Title-page vignette from this two part biography of Fr. Adrian Fortescue, scholar of the Eastern Churches and the Roman Liturgy. The Christogram also appears on the back of the rare dust wrapper. #orthodox #byzantine #easternchurches #eastertide #adrianfortescue #icxcnika #christogram #liturgy #romanrite
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#catholiceurope #thechurchinyourhands
#catholicart #collectingcatholicbooks
#exploreyourfaith #heritageoffaith #finebooks #firstedition #booksareart #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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Hugh Ross Williamson. The Flowering Hawthorn, 1962. "THE FLOWERING HAWTHORN BLESSED BY A VISION OF THE HAND OF THE VIRGIN MARY" by Clare Leighton. Hugh Ross Williamson, together with his wife, was received into the Church by Fr. Basil Fitz-Gibbon, SJ at Farm Street in October, 1955. #easter
#glastonburyabbey #holythorn #catholic
#anglocatholic #anglican #romancatholic
#illustratedfaith #secondrome #BVM
#medieval #collectingcatholicbooks
#catholicengland #incarnationalculture
#booksofourfathers #iconography
#christianliteraryrevival #librorumhelluo
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #gaudetmaterecclesia #orapronobis


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"THE RESURRECTION" Detail of the final illustrated plate in Heavenward Bound: A Child's Book of the Catholic Religion (first published in 1941). "The Earth Trembled and was still when God Arose to Judgement." #celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture
#claredawson #catholickids #catholicengland
#catholicart #illustratedfaith #heisrisen #jesusinourmidst #romancatholic #christtriumphant #anglocatholic #finebooks #booksareart #collectingcatholicbooks #eastersunday #booksofourfathers #godandme #gaudetmaterecclesia #bookstagram #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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EASTER SUNDAY
"I have found Him where every Christian should expect to find Him: in the darkness, in the fear, in the blinding weariness of Calvary. And Calvary is but one step from the empty tomb." (Trevor Huddleston, Naught for Your Comfort, 1956). #heisrisen #catholic #anglocatholic #theemptytomb #gaudetmaterecclesia #romancatholic #happyeaster #incarnationalculture #booksofourfathers #librorumhelluo #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #yourhumblebookseller #prayforme


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"VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS" The Way of the Cross, 1918. Eric Gill's wood-engraved miniature of The Sixth Station, captioned with the Antiphon "Adoramus Te" ("We Adore Thee"). #lent #westminstercathedral #catholicculture #exploreyourfaith #viadolorosa #viacrucis #librorumhelluo #finebooks #booksareart #incarnationalculture #illustratedfaith #catholicart #holyweek #triduum #goodfriday #easter #ericgill #bookarts #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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The Way of the Cross, 1918. The engraved wrapper for the second edition of these miniature wood-engravings of the Eric Gill sculptures of the Stations of the Cross, prepared for Westminster Cathedral and dedicated on Good Friday, 1918.
#lent #viacrucis #viadolorosa #calvary #catholic #holyweek #wayofthecross
#stationsofthecross #rarebooks
#booksareart #collectingcatholicbooks
#librorumhelluo #ericgill #catholicengland #booksofourfathers #illustratedfaith
#thepassionofchrist #atthesignofthestar
#staroftheseabooks #orapronobis


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MARTIN TRAVERS. S. Brendan the Voyager and His Mythic Quest, 1916. Detail of a color-printed illustration, measuring 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches, initialed by Travers in the plate and captioned in the border: "THE NUMBER OF THEM WAS SO GREAT & THEY SANG SO MERRILY THAT IT WAS A HEAVENLY NOISE TO HEAR. S. BRANDON KNEELED DOWN ON HIS KNEES & MADE PRAYER DEVOUTLY TO OUR LORD TO KNOW WHAT THESE BIRDS MEANT" Printed by The Society of SS Peter & Paul. #brendanthenavigator
#holyweek #pilgrimage #immram
#bookarts #booksareart #bookstagram
#catholicculture #celticchristianity
#twelveapostlesofireland #monks
#isleoftheblessed #thenorthatlantic
#martintravers #anglocatholic #anglican
#romancatholic #illustratedfaith #lent
#atthesignofthestar #saint #homealtar


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